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Adel Iskandar


In Memoriam: A Coptic Eucharist

[Bloodstained belongings of those killed at chapel of the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of Abbasiya on 11 December 2016. Photo by Jonathan Rashad]

The previous day, shortly after they had sipped the wine symbolic of the blood of Christ and in remembrance of the Holy Communion, an explosion tore through the church leaving the their blood in small puddles on the floor and splattered on the walls and pillars. “The time will come, that whoever kills you will think that he does God’s service." This sentence from the Gospel of John 16:2 was inscribed on a sign draped along the side of the Abbaseya Cathedral where the ...

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The Meme-ing of Revolution: Creativity, Folklore, and the Dislocation of Power in Egypt

[Mubarak's face superimposed on Jacques-Louis David's Napoleon Crossing the Alps. Viral image from Egypt's Sarcasm Society Facebook page].

It was 20 January 2011, just five days before a major protest called for by many youth and opposition groups in Egypt, when Ali came across a hilarious image on Facebook. One of his friends had shared a photoshopped painting depicting Mubarak atop a majestic stallion as if marching into battle. The then president’s face sported the same cheeky imbecilic smile for which he had come to be known and ridiculed privately. Ali recalls laughing out loud at the absurdity of the ...

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Egypt Between "Simulacra" and "Secular Criticism:" An Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Adel Iskandar on France24

[Adel Iskandar. Image from screenshot of interview]

As Mohammed Morsi prepares to stand trial, Jadaliyya co-editor Adel Iskandar speaks to France24's The Interview on the former president’s short stint in office. He discusses why Morsi’s failure was inevitable and why his deep entrenchment with the Muslim Brotherhood prevented him from being a president for all Egyptians. He also discusses how it was necessary for the military to subsume the revolution after the toppling of Mubarak. In his new book Egypt in Flux: Essays on an ...

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New Texts Out Now: Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution

[Cover of Adel Iskandar,

Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Adel Iskandar (AI): The book was not written with the intention of becoming a single contiguous narrative that coheres. In fact, it wasn’t even written to be a book. Instead, it was a collection of standalone articles composed at various junctures in the tumultuous life of revolutionary Egypt. ...

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Egypt's Media Blunders

[A pro-Morsi rally in Cairo this week. Photo by Hussein Malla/AP]

The unfolding political tumult in Egypt over the past ten days has not only captured headlines worldwide, it has taken its toll on journalism and reporting as well. While much of the international media turned their attention away from the country over the past year and assumed democracy was marching along, trouble was brewing in the Arab World's most populous nation.  Starting in November 2012, when President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood released a ...

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Tamarod: Egypt's Revolution Hones its Skills


Since Mubarak's dramatic toppling on 11 February 2011, Egypt has been center stage in most discussions, theoretical and methodological, on the role of social media in political communication and dissent. There is no shortage of treatments on the topic from the popular press to scholarly writings. In just two years, notable manuscripts have been published that tackle every aspect of these online activities.[1] And while most of these address this question from complimentary ...

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A Nation Derailed

[The inside of a destroyed train car following its derailing at Badrashin. Photo by Jonathan Rashad]

Just ten days before the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution, Egyptians awoke to another railway tragedy. A train loaded beyond its capacity with security forces recruits heading from Sohag to Cairo derailed in the Badrashin area of Giza leaving nineteen dead and over 120 injured, adding to the toll of deaths on train tracks in Egypt. It was only a month earlier that a rushing train in Asyut obliterated a bus full of children, killing fifty of them. In the late ...

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Jadaliyya Launches Media Page!

[Photo by Manoocher Deghati/AP]

Jadaliyya is hereby launching its new Media page! This page provides a critical lens from which to explore and analyze the media landscape in and about the Middle East and North Africa. It spotlights new and traditional media players, platforms, and reporting at the local, regional, and global levels. Original articles featured in this page expand the disciplinary boundaries of media studies and communication to look at the intersections of the arts and all forms of ...

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Year of the Ostrich: SCAF's Media Experiment

[Al-Wafd newspaper shocked readers on 19 January 2012 with an over-the-banner headline declaring

In April of 1954, less than two years after the military ousted Farouk’s monarchy, it became apparent that the men in uniform would not be relinquishing power in Egypt. The “Free Officers” coup d’etat paved the way for the constitution of the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), a supra-legal body with executive, legislative and judicial power wielded over every branch of government including the media. Before the RCC decided to exercise its hegemony and muzzle any criticism ...

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Media on Bahrain: An Interview with Alaa Shehabi

[Screenshot from Al-Jazeera English showing Bahraini military spokesperson on February 17, 2011 following the killing of four protesters by riot police]

Hotspot, Bloodspot, or Blindspot? Bahrain's protracted and intransigent political deadlock remains one of the paradoxes of the Arab uprisings. At the nexus of regional influence, global political power, and economic interests, the human rights and democracy movement there face colossal challenges to realizing its goals. Not the least of these is a complicated network of media that both advantages and disadvantages the regime and its adversaries. In this video interview, we ...

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"We are All Palestinian Prisoners": Exclusive Interview with Artist Hafez Omar (VIDEO)

[The original viral image designed by Hafez Omar to support the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike]

Hafez Omar, the young Tulkarm-based artist and activist, is the man behind many of the images we have come to associate with online Palestinian and Arab revolutionary campaigns—from the hunger striker Khader Adnan's stencil with a lock for a mouth, to the late Egyptian Azharite Sheikh Emad Effat, killed by the military police in Cairo in December. His most recent design, that of a faceless, blindfolded Palestinian prisoner, became a Facebook sensation as thousands adopted it ...

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Video: ONTV's Reem Maged on Egyptian Media and the Military (Arabic)

[ONTV host Reem Maged. Image/ahramonline]

Meet the Media with ONTV's Reem Maged The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism hosted its second Meet the Media discussion of the semester on Wednesday, 28 March 2012. The discussion featured Reem Maged, host of ONTV’s Baladna Bel Masry. The discussion was titled “The Media and the Military: A Closer Look at the Relationship.” Moderator Hafez Al Mirazi, director of the Adham Center and host of Dream 2’s Cairo Time, started off by showing the ...

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A Year in the Life of Egypt's Media: A 2011 Timeline [Updated]

[Cartoon by Carlos Latuff]

[This timeline is part of a series on Egypt's media after Mubarak. Click here to read "Free at Last?"] FEBRUARY 10: Thousands of protesters converge from different areas in Cairo and Alexandria on the Ministry of Defense and the Northern Military Area, respectively. Demonstrators called for an immediate end to military rule and set up a screening of online-to-offline campaign Kazeboon's (Liars) videos in front of the ministry to showcase violations ...

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Free at Last? Charting Egypt's Media Post-Mubarak

[Egyptian Armed Forces outside the Egyptian state television and radio building. Image from Almasry Alyoum.]

Old Habits Die Hard On the morning of 12 February, Al-Ahram, the Egyptian national newspaper and the publication with the widest distribution in the Arab world, ran a headline over its banner declaring: “The People Have Toppled the Regime.” Like the rest of the government-run media, both print and broadcast, throughout the eighteen days of protest in January and February 2011, Al-Ahram’s coverage of events was replete with misinformation, disinformation, incitement, and ...

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Adel Iskandar


Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution (AUCP/OUP), Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books), Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation (University of California Press), and Mediating the Arab Uprisings (Tadween Publishing). Iskandar's work deals with media, identity and politics and has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. His forthcoming publication is the coedited volume Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring (Palgrave Macmillan). Iskandar taught for several years at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Communication, Culture, and Technology program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is a co-editor of Jadaliyya.